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Rank of States By Its Food/Drink; Part II

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Posted by Don, Dueling Bubbas on July 11, 2014 at 15:15:06:

In Reply to: Rank of States By Its Food/Drink; Part I posted by Don, Dueling Bubbas on July 11, 2014 at 15:13:49:

39. Idaho
Have you ever bitten into a potato fresh out of the ground? Us neither, but itís probably better or something?

38. Alaska
When youíre not eating wolves that Sarah Palin shot out of a helicopter, we will admit that your fresh salmon and crab legs are not without their charms.

37. Arkansas
If someone in South Dakota moved here, they would be in foodie heaven. But Arkansas lacks the dominant iconic Southern foods of literally all their neighbors to the South. They do have pretty good cheese dip and possum pie, though.

36. Kansas
EDITOR'S NOTE: We have made the grave error of suggesting that Oklahoma Joe's is in Missouri and not Kansas, and we apologize. YOU HAVE GREAT BBQ! YOU'RE BACK, KANSAS.

35. Rhode Island
Youíve got frozen lemonade, grilled pizzas, serviceable Italian food, and Narragansett. Which would be fine, if you didnít also have the worst of all styles of clam chowder.

34. Arizona
Allegedly inventing the chimichanga and deciding to deep-fry a burrito definitely counts for something. Phoenix has AT LEAST one solid restaurant amidst all the chains (Pizzeria Bianco!). If you happen to be a minority, drop Arizona 13 spots.
33. New Mexico
We donít blame you for putting that green chile all over everything: itís quite tasty, but thatís only going to take you so far, friends.

32. Virginia
Virginia is for lovers, country ham aficionados, and wishing that BBQ youíre eating had come from North Carolina.

31. Connecticut
If you didnít have one incredible pizza town, a corridor of somewhat adorable steamed cheeseburger joints, and pretty good Jamaican food in Hartford, you -- like Darien-native Topher Grace -- would be, AT BEST, in the middle 30s.

30. Nevada
On the one hand, you have Las Vegas, in which every single food and drink that Bacchus could ever imagine is available, thanks to its status as Famous Chef Heaven, a place where well-known chefs inevitably go once their aversion to selling out has died. On the other hand, like the chefs themselves, all that food/booze is flown in from Not-Nevada. Sorry, Carrot Top.

29. Oklahoma
You can spend a lot of time on food sites reading about people debating Oklahomaís signature dish. Is it the onion burger? BBQ? Fried catfish? Or what? And just the fact that people arenít quite sure (look, it is the damn onion burger, okay?!), is enough to keep OK from moving anywhere farther down the road. Also, donít you think itís saying something that Oklahoma Joeís isnít actually in Oklahoma?

28. Ohio
Birthplace of Wendyís and corporate home of White Castle! Now thatís a double threat. Other than that, youíve got a rather questionable style of chili and several restaurants from Iron Chef Michael Symon (also host of ABCís The Chew!). Also noteworthy: Cleveland has some serious beer game, and the state turns out some impressive ice cream from the likes of Jeniís and Graeterís.

27. Vermont
If the goal of life was to eat cheddar cheese and maple syrup while drinking delicious craft beers that kind of taste like apricots, Vermont would be number one. But since the goal of life is actually to acquire a reality television show and then your own line of stylish, yet practical dish towels, Vermont is only 27.

26. New Jersey
Despite all the negative PR brought on by its citizenry, New Jersey is actually something of a poor manís New York, particularly when it comes to Italian food. Which trumps being a poor manís Wyoming.
25. South Carolina
Their mustard-based BBQ sauce is either the best or worst thing to ever happen to BBQ, depending on how you feel about mustard. Charleston has gotten so much love as an underrated dining city in recent years that it mightíve gotten a touch overhyped, but thereís no doubt there are some serious culinary chops to be found there. Also, thereís nothing wrong with a good Lowcountry boil, unless you have a shellfish allergy.

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